Recipe: Southern Potato Salad (without mayo!)

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I am on yet another quest to replace mayonnaise in a classic recipe. As I’ve explained before, store bought mayo isn’t exactly real food (and making mayo from scratch isn’t exactly my cup of tea). Plus not everyone is a mayonnaise lover anyway, so just in time for your 4th of July BBQ, here is my (non-mayo) Southern Potato Salad recipe that is just as good as the original!

And in case you need some more inspiration, here are a few other real food recipes that would be perfect for your holiday celebration:

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Cookbook Bonus for Preorders!

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I have a little something I’ve been working on for all the wonderful people out there who’ve preordered their copy of my upcoming cookbook! In case you haven’t noticed, I love preorders. :) So, as a thank you I am going to give away a free bonus ebook with 8 recipes (including color photos) at the end of July! This ebook will be a combination of brand new recipes (not previously posted on the blog or in the cookbook) as well as a few preview “staple” recipes from the cookbook itself.

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100 Days of Real Food Cookbook due to be released on August 26th, 2014


How To Get Free Bonus Ebook (with 8 recipes)

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Guest Post: Honey Sweetened Blueberry Jam (from Food in Jars)

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This post is by Marisa McClellan, creator of the popular blog Food in Jars. Marisa is a food writer, canning teacher, and dedicated farmers market shopper who lives in Center City Philadelphia. She is the author of Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round and Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces. Find more of her jams, pickles, and preserves (all cooked up in her 80-square-foot kitchen) on her website, Food in Jars.

Honey Sweetened Blueberry Jam from Food in Jars at 100 Days of #RealFood

I am so delighted to be here sharing my small batch recipe for Honey Sweetened Blueberry Jam. Most people think that making jam has to be a giant process that takes all day, uses multiple pounds of sugar, and dirties every utensil in the kitchen. But there’s another faster way that it can be done with honey in place of sugar, and it’s endlessly delicious. Continue Reading »

Real Food On The Road: RV Trip

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This post is coming to you from somewhere in California while my husband drives our family from Yosemite National Park to our next RV Trip destination (Big Sur)! A trip out west in an RV with the kids has been on our bucket list for quite some time now, and we are finally carrying out our dream (yay!). But as many times as we’ve enjoyed tent camping together as a family, we’d never even stepped foot into an RV prior to this trip, and I was honestly not exactly sure what to expect!

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What I was expecting and looking forward to was being able to hop from place to place without the pain of unpacking and repacking over and over again (that can get old pretty quickly if you want to visit more than one destination). And let me tell you what – that part is totally awesome. We decided to get an early start this morning, and from the time we all four woke up until we left the campground was 30 minutes flat – a Leake record for sure! Continue Reading »

Guest Post: 5 Favorite Summer Snacks (from Super Healthy Kids)

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This is a guest post by Natalie Monson and Amy Roskelley from Super Healthy Kids.

We love Lisa and her dedication to real food but also how she makes it real for parents and families to eat this way, which is is why we couldn’t be more excited to guest post for her!

Amy and I are moms and dietitians who love providing parents with fresh recipes and healthy strategies focusing on teaching children to eat more fruits and veggies. We try to make real food creative and fun in order to help growing children develop healthy habits for life. Because we both have children of all ages, we are feeding babies, dealing with picky toddlers, and also attempting to feed busy teens on the go! We believe that feeding your children lots of fruits and veggies is not only possible but can be fun in the process!

Summer is a great time to experiment with different fruits and veggies because there are so many in season. They are great to have by themselves as a snack, but sometimes it is fun to add a little of this or a little of that and come up with a yummy fruit or veggie creation.

5 of our Favorite Summer Snacks

(that are super easy to make and your kids are sure to love)

1Creamy Lemon Dip

5 Favorite Summer Snacks from Super Healthy Kids (Creamy Lemon Fruit Dip) at 100 Days of #RealFood

We love to dip! Sometimes kids won’t eat a fruit or veggie plain, but serve it with a delicious dip and they will eat no matter what you serve. This dip is super fresh and creamy and can be served with any fruit. Sometimes we like to pack it in a container and take it with us when we go swimming, to the park, or on a picnic. Continue Reading »

Do Moms Know Why Artificial Dyes Are Bad?

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It’s no secret that I am not a fan of artificial dyes in food. If you’ve spent any time on my site at all, you may have come across my list of 7 reasons explaining exactly why I hate them. But just in case you missed it (or could use a refresher), here is a little summary:

Artificial food dyes…

  • Are made in a lab with chemicals derived from petroleum.
  • Have been linked to long-term health problems such as cancer.
  • Require a warning label in Europe stating, “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.”
  • Have been shown to cause an increase in hyperactivity in children as well as a negative impact on their ability to learn.
  • Add absolutely no value to the foods we are eating (but do in fact pose risks).
  • Trick your senses.
  • Are contributing to the obesity epidemic by attracting children (and adults) to highly processed food.

But the real question today is this: Is everyone else aware of these concerns, and do they share this same opinion? And how about naturally derived colors. Do moms know they are superior, will they seek them out, and (more importantly) will they pay more for them? Who is with me on this one?

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